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Burn Permits, Non-Agricultural Fires

Burn permits may be issued for non-agricultural fires in specific circumstances, such as to destroy infested trees where ordered by another government agency and the trees may not be transported, community cookouts, specific festivals etc.  

Obtaining a permit

A Permit may only be applied for by the following:

  • The Owner of the property
  • An agent acting on behalf of the Owner of the property
  • A lawful Occupant of the property with the written permission of the property Owner.

The application fee for non-agricultural burn permits is $194.50 (GST included), which covers the costs associated with the review as well as on site inspections if required. This fee is non-refundable once the review has been initiated regardless if the application is approved or denied.

All applications for permit must include the following:

  • Application form available at the Fire Prevention Office.
  • Form for owners permission to apply, if applicable, available at Fire Prevention Office.  
  • Site plan drawing showing location of proposed fire, size of fire, location of all buildings, parking lots, access routes, public roads, street address, property name if applicable, North
  • Payment, cash or cheque payable to the City of St. Catharines in the amount of $194.50

For burn permits or information regarding agricultural properties contact the fire prevention office at 905-688-5601 x4224

Applications may be delivered to Fire Services Headquarters, 64 Geneva Street; Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 (excluding holidays)

Please allow a minimum two weeks for review and site inspections.

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